Niels Albert unveils the new look, but it's Kevin Pauwels, just off screen to the left, who would rule the day

OTEGEM, BELGIUM – One day after winning the Belgian National Championship race in impressive fashion, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) lined up with his fancy new Belgian-flag-colored kit on, with less than three hours of sleep after victory celebrations. Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea), on the other hand, felt that he had unfinished business after claiming third behind his teammate Bart Wellens on Sunday.

Pauwels narrowly outsprinted Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor), who took second. Sven Vanthourenhout came in for third some 25 seconds later, with Bart Wellens finishing just off of the podium. The lead trio came into the final lap together, and Vantornout was able to carve out a slight lead and looked to be on his way to certain victory. But after a bike change, the lanky rider was unable to quickly clip in to his pedals, allowing Pauwels to rejoin him at the front. Pauwels was then able to distance his rival in the mad dash to the line.

The victory is the second of the season for Pauwels, who also prevailed at the GvA Hasselt.

Albert enjoyed the ride and cruised in for 10th place. Sven Nys, who pulled out of the championship race yesterday, called in sick for today’s event.

Full Results:

1 Kevin Pauwels (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) BEL

2 Klaas Vantornout BEL

3 Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb – Revor) BEL

4 Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) BEL

5 Jan Denuwelaere (Rendement Hypo Cycling Team) BEL

6 Dieter Vanthourenhout BEL

7 Kenneth Van Compernolle (Sunweb – Revor) BEL

8 Bart Aernouts (Rabo-Giant Offroad Team) BEL

9 Tom Van Den Bosch (AA Drink/ BEL

10 Niels Albert (Bkcp – Powerplus) BEL

11 Bart Hofman BEL

12 Björn Rondelez (Harvesterhude Rv) BEL

13 Kevin Eeckhout (Sunweb-Revor) BEL

14 Steven De Decker (Flemish Cycling Projects) BEL

15 Sven Beelen BEL

16 Gianni Denolf (Baboco – Revor Cycling Team) BEL

17 Keiichi Tsujiura JAP

18 Quentin Bertholet BEL

19 Stijn Huys BEL

20 Angelo De Clercq BEL

21 Xandro Meurisse (Baboco – Revor Cycling Team) BEL

22 Quincy Vens BEL

23 Yu Takenouchi JAP

24 Mathieu Willemyns BEL

25 Kris Lapere BEL

26 Steve Gruwier BEL

27 Ibe Vandendriessche BEL

28 Bjorn Peers BEL

29 Hikaru Kosaka JAP

30 Shaun Adamson (Cycle-Smart) CAN

31 Thomas Demets BEL

32 Ruben Janssens BEL

33 Jean Baptist Taleux FRA